Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wide Open North Dakota, USA
I have severely sensitive skin and cannot be fully exposed in sunlight for long periods of time. (I have to keep everything but my arms covered). I wear light cottony shirts a lot. The fabric is so thin and light that it doesn't do much to bother me heat wise, but it keeps me cool AND bug free! I also wear sweat proof sun screen that is broad spectrum. When I used to have horses that had pink skin, I would put sun screen on their noses and wherever there is exposed skin to keep them from getting burned.
Do you know what drinkable aloe vera is? It will keep you boosted through tough heat and it is very good, although the good stuff gets spendy. The minute you start feeling dizzy from heat you neeeed to dismount or risk passing out and kerplunking onto the ground. If it is so hot that heat rash could be happening, I would suggest early morning rides, or evening rides, or as already suggested swimming with your horse. I have had heat rash and have been in ER with a sever sunburn, it is ridiculously painful, and I consider it being more painful then when I was kicked in the face by a horse. Keep benadryl with you in case of a severe sun burn or heat rash because the benadryl is an antihistamine and will work against the sun burn that makes you super itchy.
At this point I try to stay out of the sun if it gets to hot because I am so sensitive to it. Riding in the afternoon at the heat of the day is not an option for me. Just make sure you know when hot is to hot, and that you know the warning signs of heat stroke and such. I wouldn't want you to get hurt dear!
You have to learn how to fall before you can learn how to ride~